Rugby Championship

No more kick-at-all-cost Boks

2014-10-06 09:01
Handre Pollard (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Springboks under Heyneke Meyer will no longer be known as a team with a one dimensional kicking approach.

As it happened: Springboks v All Blacks

Flyhalf Handre Pollard confirmed as much after Saturday's 27-25 Rugby Championship win over the All Blacks at Ellis Park.

The Springboks displayed an impressive running game and Francois Hougaard's first half try came after the hosts launched a counter-attack from deep inside their own 22m area.

The previous week's 28-10 win over Australia at Newlands was also characterised by an impressive ball-in-hand approach from the Springboks, who had been criticised in recent years for playing a boring kicking game under the tutelage of Meyer.

"We want to do more on attack and the secret is to find the right balance between attacking and kicking," Pollard told Beeld.

"We have more confidence (now) to play high risk rugby. It's something that has been one of the All Blacks' strong points for many years."

When asked if he now has license to play like he wants, Pollard said: "No, Willie (le Roux) has! (But) We really want to play attractive rugby. Gone are the days of just kicking."

The Springboks now shift their attentions to their year-end tour to Europe where games against Ireland in Dublin (November 8), England in London (November 15), Italy in Padova (November 22) and Wales in Cardiff (November 29) await.


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